Dons defender Andrew Considine is poised to take another step up the club’s all-time appearances chart next week.
Friday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Dundee at Dens Park will be the 29-year-old’s 383rd game for the Dons.
That would draw Considine level with Brian Irvine in ninth place as far as all-time appearances for Aberdeen goes.
With a possible 11 matches still to be played – if the Dons beat Hibs in the Scottish Cup semis – he could end the campaign in equal seventh spot, alongside 1930s and 40s legend Willie Cooper.
Considine would then be perfectly placed to overtake Cooper and former skipper Russell Anderson and move clear in sixth place during the early part of next season.
It is a prospect that excites Considine, who said: “If I achieve that, it will be fantastic. But the main thing for me is just pulling on that red shirt every Saturday and giving my all.”
Considine says it is an honour to be even close to catching Anderson on the top 10 list.
He said: “It’s nice to be up there with somebody like Russell, who is the best player I have played alongside.
“As a young boy coming through, he was a player I looked up to and he helped me throughout his career.
“For a young boy like myself to have a person like that as a role model was massive for my development.
“The way he played the game, I was able to watch and learn from close-quarters and he is a lovely guy off the park as well.”
The Dons would have to make it to the cup final for Considine to end this season level with Cooper, who helped them reach the 1937 and 1947 finals, although he missed their victory in the latter through injury.
Painful memories of losing the 2008 semi 4-3 to Queen of the South (even though he scored twice) will provide extra motivation for Considine when they play Hibs on April 22.
He said: “I have had many high and lows over the years.
“Probably the darkest day was that semi-final against Queen of the South.
“It took the club a long time to recover from that experience.
“We also lost against Hibs in a semi-final in 2012 but we are a different animal nowadays.
“If we can keep our league form up, we will be going into the game in a good frame of mind.
“We know Hibs are a good side. “Neil Lennon has got them playing a lot of good football and they are looking a good bet to come back into the Premiership next season.
“They are going to pose a serious threat to us, but we are used to playing in these big games now.
“If we play the way we do most weeks, then we should have enough to trouble them.”
The players within catching distance for Andrew Considine:
407 – Russell Anderson
Former club captain who led the Dons to glory in the 2014 League Cup.
393 – Willie Cooper
Long-serving defender who played in the 1937 Scottish Cup final defeat by Celtic.
386 – Drew Jarvie
Top league scorer when Dons won the title in 1980 and netted in 1976 League Cup final win.
383 – Brian Irvine
Netted the penalty shoot-out winner for Dons against Celtic in 1990 Scottish Cup final.